April 10, 2013

Do As I Do

1 Healthy Docs Influence Patients to Be Healthy

Doctors who adhere to preventive health practices are more likely to influence their patients to do the same, say researchers at the University of British Columbia. Study leader Dr. Erica Frank, UBC School of Population and Public Health, worked with researchers who looked at screening and vaccination practices of 1,488 doctors and their 1.9 million patients. They found that 49% of patients of doctors who received a flu shot also got vaccinated as compared with 43% of patients whose doctors did not receive the vaccine. While doctors are often compliant patients, Frank says there’s always room for improvement. She and her team of researchers recommend that hospitals and medical schools develop programs for physician health promotion to encourage positive doctor-patient relationships.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 4 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: CDC: Flu Shot Ineffective in Those 65+

Tags: Patients, University of British Colombia, Compliant Patients, Doctor Patient Relationship, Dr. Erica Frank, Patient Behavior, Doctor Recommendations

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